I have just returned from the first of my two summer programs. This program was truly focused on the acting and interpretive aspect of the art form. I found everything about this program to be wonderful. Firstly the people involved, both staff and participants were all wonderful people. It was nice to be in a setting where there was very little to no drama for the entirety of the program. I have made some wonderful friends who I hope to keep in touch with and follow their careers as we move along in our lives. Additionally I have made great professional contacts with people whom I respect and have already gleaned a lot of knowledge from. Apart from the social aspects, I also discovered many things about myself and ways to open myself up to the audience where I feel I am truly performing and not just singing the notes on the page anymore. One of the added bonuses to this program was that we were able to learn and explore some of the beautiful music that is the Russian repertoire. This is such a lush area of music that is just beginning to see more light and I hope that it becomes as much of a mainstay in repertory houses as its Italian, French and German counterparts are.
My next program starts on Wednesday in Buffalo with performances on Sunday. For this program, I will be singing Rossini's Count Almaviva with a very talented class. I know this program will be different than the one I just finished, but I hope and pray that the people involved are equally as loving as those I have just left. If you are interested in coming to these performances, please find me on Twitter @JPike1028 or like me on Facebook and I will post updates and dates and location of my upcoming performances!
Thank you to everyone for your continued prayers and support!